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Sunday Services are Currently Online

10:30 AM
(Arizona Time)

Being Allies to Jews

Led By:
Benjie Messer
Worship Associate
Bonne de Blas

As we mark the end of the Jewish High Holy Days, music director Benjie Messer gives an introduction to antisemitism, explains why we’re seeing more of it lately, and invites all Unitarian Universalists to be allies to Jews.

Sunday’s Service online via Zoom. 
To attend, please click link:

Coffee Hour
Meeting ID: 939 9248 9556 | Password: CoffeeHour

Children’s Ministries Coffee Hour
Meeting ID: 954 5851 8843 | Password: KidsCoffee

You may use a computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you are asked to install the Zoom application, say yes. Feel free to share this link with friends and family!

If you have problems with Zoom, you may view the service live on YouTube. Or after the service, you can watch it any time.
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Programming September 27th - October 2nd
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ALL Programming is in Arizona Time Zone
September 27th

Following Service
Meeting ID:
939 9248 9556
Password: CoffeeHour

Following Service
Meeting ID:
954 5851 8843
Password: KidsCoffee

Following Service
Meeting ID:
915 0535 2349
Password: YRUU
September 28th

8:30 am
Katie Resendiz
Meeting ID:
956 6366 2771
Password: 550602
September 29th

6:30 pm
Katie, Jezz & Chris
Meeting ID:
953 5370 8396
Password: 409806
September 30th
12:00 pm      
Rev. Christine Dance
Meeting ID:
910 6552 9716
Password: 372662

3:30 pm
Ms. Cherilyn
Meeting ID:
912 3942 4225
Password: 616801

6:30 pm
Chris Akin
Meeting ID:
921 1845 9883
Password: 704555

7:00 pm
Benjie Messer
Meeting ID:
931 4339 4891
Password: 989100
October 1st

7:30 pm
Rev. Christine Dance
Meeting ID:
958 7198 3662
Password: 690450
October 2nd

4:00 pm
K thrUU 5th Grade
Meeting ID:
964 8387 3328
Password: Desert
If you don’t have access to a computer, laptop or smart phone
OR don’t want to be on video, you can simply call in to
346-248-7799 and enter the Meeting ID number.
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Get To Know UUCP
Would you like to learn more about our congregation, our principles, what we do, how to get involved? 
Join Rev. Dance for get-together on

Sunday, October 4th
12:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting: Click HERE
Meeting ID: 932 1997 4441
............Password: 100420
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  • October 5: Voter Registration Deadline    -
  • October 7: Ballots mailed
  • October 7 - November 3: In person voting available
  • October 23: Last Day to Request a Ballot in the Mail
  • October 27: Last Day to Mail Back Your Ballot
  • November 3: Election Day

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UUCP's Open Drop-In Group
Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday's of each month. Our next meeting is October 15th @
7 pm. We will being reviewing a Topic with Readings provided by Rev. Christine. We
like to think of this time together as a spiritual practice as it allows us an opportunity to open ourselves and to be with others that share UUCP principles.
It will be great to have you join us!

October 15 @ 7pm
Join Zoom Meeting: Click HERE
Meeting ID: 989 5601 3818
Password: 101520
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Fall 2020: Family Survey
Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Everyone who knows a kiddo they want to be connected with UUCP: We need to know you!

The Children's Ministry team at UUCP works to ensure that our youngest community members are connected, supported, and encouraged as they explore spirituality, community, and growth. This year, we don't get to see you in person, so we need some information about you and your kiddos. This way we can figure out how best to connect!

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Update on
Camp de Benneville Pines:
After being surrounded on three sides, fire is holding the line on top of the mountain and no longer inches towards the camp’s buildings. While this is a relief for our beloved camp, the area is still under evacuation orders and the danger remains high. With the fires and cancelled camps due to COVID, recovery will take some time and money. If you are willing and able, please click HERE to donate
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Civic Engagement Announcements
Prepare to VOTE 2020!
Three items this week:  
Find in-person voting centers and early ballot drop off locations HERE.
Sign up to receive text alerts when your ballot is received, verified, and counted HERE.
Find much personalized information by signing into your “Voter Dashboard” HERE.  Once you are signed in, preview your own ballot by clicking on “What’s on my Ballot?”
Your Civic Engagement Team is available to help you find answers to VOTE 2020 questions. Contact us at <> .

STOP Forced Sterilizations:
Brave whistleblower Dawn Wooten lodged a complaint of forced hysterectomies at the Irwin Detention Center in Georgia last week. There is also evidence that this is not an isolated incident, but the continuation of a broken and abusive system that violates human rights. Please consider signing a petition to members of Congress and ICE, calling for the Detention Center to be shut down, HERE.
Rice and Bean Drive for Latinx Church Community in partnership with First UCC Downtown
UUCP and the First United Church of Christ (UCC) have a longstanding interfaith partnership. In the public arena we partner in justice, combining our voices and actions to serve those most vulnerable. 
This week we will donate rice and beans to Phoenix Latinx Churches to show our love in action together. Sunday morning, September 27 between 7:00am and 9:30am Daisy Danforth will be in the UUCP parking lot to collect your 1- pound bags of dry rice and/or beans and take them all to First UCC.
Other recent actions in partnership have been a demonstration for Black Lives, Caravans to protest ICE and Eloy detention centers, letter writing to immigrants detained in Eloy, and donations to the Navajo Nation.  
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Earth Justice Ministry Announcements
People who have lost jobs due to Covid 19 need our help to comment on APS's rate hike request. Chispa shared that the AZ Corporation Commission has created multiple opportunities to phone in your comments, or by letter or online at ACC: look for "Cases and Open Meetings" on their website and "Make a Plublic Comment in a Docket" using Docket No. E-01345A-19-0236. Call 602-542-4251 or 800-222-7000 for help. More info. on these links:
Your name in print? Yes!
When you send us your favorite no meat recipe, your name will accompany it in our "Eat Plants for the Planet Cookbook". Please send it to by 10/16 to assure it gets to us in time. 
For complete specifications about how to send your recipes,  Click HERE  
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Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
As part of UUCP's commitment to inclusion, we will be hosting viewings and discussions of the film "Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution". Wikipedia describes it as a 2020 American documentary film directed, written and co-produced by Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht. Barack and Michelle Obama serve as executive producers under their Higher Ground Productions banner. It received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

UU member Jill Story will be hosting movie watch parties via Zoom on
  • Saturday, 10/3, at 7 pm
  • Monday, 10/5, at 7 pm - Facilitated Zoom Discussion
(You can also watch the movie on Netflix on your own, if you prefer.)

To sign up for a watch party and/or the discussion session
please email  
Sign-ups are preferred but not required 

Meeting ID: 953 3552 9847 | Password: CripCamp
(Same Zoom Information for BOTH Meetings)
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Help Us with a Monthly Food & Supply Drive for our Navajo Nation Community
Many thanks to all those who helped make it possible for UUCP to deliver last week a large supply of food, cleaning and health safety materials to our friends up on the Navajo Nation. It was, again, a wonderful team effort of donations, purchases, storage and delivery.  A large amount of cleaning work and food preparation is shared around the community which is spread out over a large area, all very much appreciated by the people who participate in this work and those who benefit.  We anticipate making another delivery the beginning of October.  If you are able to contribute and are not already on the team list, please use this form to let us know how you would be willing to be involved.  Many thanks for your generosity. Click HERE to Sign-Up
Navajo Nation – Wood Youth Project
Through our work on the Navajo Nation with the extended family of one of our congregants, we have also learned about a wonderful project begun eight years ago by the local Bahai fellowship. A cadre of middle school students has been gathered to provide service to the community, and as the youth grow older they become mentors for the younger ones. As part of preserving culture and language, the young people are learning to see their everyday chores – which are many, including carrying out ashes from the wood burning stove, feeding and herding livestock, visiting elders – not as chores, but as opportunities for service.
To Read the Whole Article, Click HERE
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Sunday Services are Currently Online
10:30 am

Blessing of the Animals

Led By:
Rev. Christine Dance
Worship Associate
Bonne de Blas
We’ll be having a BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS. Our pets have been our greatest comfort during this time. Please send a 10 second video introducing your pets or a photo of you and your pets to by
Monday, Sept 28th to be included in our blessing video.
The Town of Paradise Valley is allowing us to put a banner in front of the Congregation to let people know we are hosting online worship.
We would like to also promote our values by affirming that Black Lives Matter.

There will be a special breakout room to discuss this during Coffee Hour on Sunday, October 4th. We hope that you will join us for this discussion.
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Missed a Worship Service?
Prior Worship Services are always available to view
09/20/2020 Worship Service
UU the Vote
Led By: Rev. Christine Dance
Worship Associate Joseph Benesh

UU the Vote—What You Can Do:

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Receiving Suspicious Emails
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 scammers have been sending out fictitious emails claiming to be Rev. Christine. Please be aware of emails asking for assistance or requesting you to purchase something. Rev. Christine will NEVER ask for money or gift cards over email. If you receive an email like this, please delete it. 
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It is September, the month we traditionally welcome folks "back" from the summer, and begin our program year at some of our congregations. This year is different. How will we use this virtual time to connect with each other, and ourselves, in our anti-racism, anti-oppression work? As November elections creep closer, how do our UU values fall when it comes to candidates? The choices we make, now, in how to invest our time, will determine how the racial uprising ends, how the elections are decided, and whether we Side With Love in our actions and not just our words.
Learn more and sign up at
UU the Vote Action Hour
Tuesday, September 29th
6-8 pm
Unitarian Universalism is rooted in community. Not just in our congregations, but in our state. Join UUJAZ for a film screening of ALL IN: The Fight for Democracy and discuss voter suppression with members of your community through the perspective of voting activist and politician, Stacy Abrams. Then, take action to defend our democracy at the polls.
Register here.
Love and Justice: Abolition and Alternatives to Policing
First Wednesday of the month
starting October 7th, 6-8 pm
UUs proclaim that no one is outside the circle of love, therefore, our goals are also abolitionist goals. Join UUJAZ in actively resisting the systems of policing and incarceration while building relationships and community with other passionate UUs in Arizona. 
Register here
National UU the Vote Phone Bank for AZ
Imagine a swell of 200 UUs coming together across the US, to raise their voices in Arizona to UU the Vote! We have an opportunity to make that happen. What will it take? A commitment from 20 UUs in your congregation to host a national phone bank. You gather your people, we will do the rest! Email Casey Clowes, UUJAZ’s UU the Vote coordinator, at
Beloved Conversations
Starts October 15th, Registration extended to Sep 25th, 2020
Meadville Lombard Theological School have responded to the needs to learn how race and ethnicity shape our personal and collective lives and practices, in a virtual format. UUJAZ has partnered with Meadville to offer a 20% discount for AZ UU participants, and scholarships for anyone who needs one.
Learn more and sign up through UUJAZ here.
Taking a Collective Breath
Love Resists and Side With Love are running their "Taking a Collective Breath" series through mid-October. They've hosted incredible guest speakers from across the country speaking on taking anti-racist action, grounded in UU values. Folks who sign up can still watch all the previous courses in the series. 
Learn more here.
Fridays 10-11am
Join UUJAZ Executive Director Janine Gelsinger any Friday morning for a casual "office hours" on Zoom. Bring your questions, chat about the social justice news this week in AZ, or suggest what programming you'd like to see UUJAZ do next.
Register here
3rd Fridays 12-1:30pm
Join Rev. Tina Squire the third Friday of each month at noon for a justice-centered book discussion from the perspective of our Unitarian Universalist values.

Book GroUUp is free to all our monthly sustaining donors. If you wish to join but aren't a donor, you can contribute a suggested donation of $10 at If you aren't financially able to donate, join us anyway!
2nd Saturdays 6pm
Join our UUJAZ host Emrys Staton to watch a film, and then discuss how the justice issues presented intersect with our UU values.
September 12th, join us to watch and discuss the film Free Cece.

A $15 donation from those who are able is received with gratitude, to cover the cost of the film rights and compensate our discussion host.
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